The Best Value Illinois Colleges

Best Value Colleges in Illinois for 2021

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in Illinois based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking but additionally factors in the typical price paid by students to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2021 as the overall best value college in Illinois is Northwestern University. The highest value public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


40 results

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Illinois

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,196net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Value in Illinois

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,719net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Value in Illinois

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $14,660net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Value in Illinois

  • 4,575enrollment
  • $11,534net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 995-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,753enrollment
  • $26,708net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1400SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,693enrollment
  • $28,912net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1320SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Value in Illinois

  • 31,683enrollment
  • $12,322net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL
Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,333enrollment
  • $23,476net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1350SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
University of St Francis
S
Joliet, IL
 
University of St Francis

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,927enrollment
  • $17,687net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1220SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA
Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,440enrollment
  • $19,520net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1200SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA
Concordia University Chicago
C
River Forest, IL
 
Concordia University Chicago

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,005enrollment
  • $17,051net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1180SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.02Avg GPA
Judson University
J
Elgin, IL
 
Judson University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,256enrollment
  • $18,641net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 880-1100SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA
Dominican University
D
River Forest, IL
Dominican University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,990enrollment
  • $19,280net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,426enrollment
  • $22,791net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 990-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA
Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL
Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#15 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,094enrollment
  • $22,138net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 950-1200SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.36Avg GPA
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
S
Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Value in Illinois

  • 12,817enrollment
  • $16,299net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 2.86Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,944enrollment
  • $28,795net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Value in Illinois

  • 5,882enrollment
  • $26,791net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA